Hickey leaves Munster for the luck of the Irish

London Irish have completed the signing of Munster back Eoghan Hickey on a two-year contract.

The 25-year-old, who has featured at full-back and fly-half for Munster, will link up with the Exiles along with countryman Jeremy Staunton, who is joining the club from Wasps, for pre-season training in June.

Hickey has represented Ireland at schoolboy, Under-21 and A level and has played in the Heineken Cup and Magners League for Munster.

“Eoghan is a talented athlete with excellent all-round skills. I’m sure he’ll have a great impact at the club,” said Exiles director of rugby Brian Smith.

“He is a prodigious kicker off both feet and can play anywhere in the backline. He’s been in terrific form for Munster and we’re delighted he decided to join London Irish.”

Hickey stands comfortably at over six feet tall, offering a real power option in the three-quarters, which has perhaps been missing since the departure of Dominic Feaunati.

“My move to England involves a lifestyle change and the challenge of playing in the Guinness Premiership,” Hickey said.

“From what I’ve seen that demands a continuity of top-class performance week in, week out and it will be good to be involved.

“London Irish play the style of rugby that I enjoy; I’m looking forward to doing it in front of the club’s exceptional supporters.”


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